H 1 IMAP Statement on safeguarding reproductive rights in the face of declining fertility.
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Profound changes in demographic patterns are taking place globally. Birth rates are falling in most countries around the world. Some governments have begun to question the legitimacy of contraception and parenthood by choice, as well as challenging the principle of gender equality. Changing populations, declining population size and ageing are pressure points and trigger rational concerns related to health, economics and migration. In 2013, 37 per cent of governments worldwide had policies to lower population growth, 20 per cent had policies to raise it.